The World Baseball Classic has begun and we’ve had our first upset as the Netherlands shut out South Korea 5-0 today, however the more interesting game was Uber Underdog Brazil facing two time champion Japan.

Brazil was not expected to even make the tournament. It took two upset wins against Panama in Panama to get that slot.

Manager Barry Larkin’s team managed to take a lead at 3-2 lead against Champion Japan in Japan and was only 5 out away from an incredible upset when they came back with three in the 8th to win the game 5-3.

It highlights the fact you have to get those 27 outs to win in baseball, but it also emphasises that if you are going to beat a Champion, you can’t make basic mistakes.

And that brings us to the Mass GOP straw poll.

Today the Massachusetts GOP had a straw poll in Danvers won by State Rep. Daniel Winslow.

Any GOP candidate facing any democrat in a statewide election is a serious underdog in Massachusetts, considering said candidate is going to face a sitting congressman either Ed Markey or Stephen Lynch that is doubly so.

That means you can’t make stupid or rookie mistakes if you want to win such a race.

So can someone tell me why the GOP is holding their straw poll at a YACHT CLUB?

“America sent a message to the Republican party in November of 2012. And the message is we have to be inclusive, we have to be relevant to women, we have to be relevant to millennials, we have to be relevant to new Americans,” Winslow said. “So I think that the symbolism of being in a country club and requiring people to pay to vote is absolutely the wrong message to send.”

Now Straw Polls are usually fundraising devices so that’s not all that unusual but the following line from the GOP simply floored me.

“Well if they want to pay to host the event, they’re more than welcome to,” said Massachusetts Republican Party Chair Kirsten Hughes. She said the event was not a fundraiser and said the $10 per ballot was to cover the cost of the event — such as staffing and refreshments.

Basic math says that the 193 voters paid $1930 for the event. It what does it say that the Mass GOP found it necessary to charge admission to cover a $2000 bill? Both candidates for GOP Chairman in January boasted of their fundraising skills and reaching out to voters. Nothing says I’m a killer fundraiser like having to grab $10 a head to hold a straw poll (apparently they decided against a meat raffle because my local Knights of Columbus council had one yesterday). When you are facing connected insiders like Lynch & Markey, you want your candidate to run as a regular guy.

I don’t know who told the mass GOP “Nothing says regular guy to the voters like the words ‘Yacht Club'” but whoever did should stuffing envelopes from now on.

It’s only the top of the first so there is plenty of time, but you are an underdog playing the champs, you don’t have a margin of error for more of this.

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This pay week has 5 hours to go and I am just under $200 shy.

10 people @ $20 gives me that gigantic $300 paycheck. Personally I think if the mass GOP invested $300 a week in the site they would have gotten better advice. Hold the event elsewhere, Find a donor to cover the cost and if you want to charge admission to make sure nobody stuffs the ballot box donate the money to the Jimmy Fund.

If that advice wasn’t worth $200 I’d like to know what is?





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The Moran Square Diner has been a Fitchburg fixture for decades host


hosting locals. Years ago Senator Edward Kennedy put away a Cheeseburger and a dog at this corner booth during his visit.

With election day 24 hours away Senator Scott Brown Bus came to Fitchburg

and after speaking to the crowd

sat in that very same booth

The Kennedy booth becomes the People’s booth

greeting voters and talking to people at lunch turning the “Kennedy” seat into the “People” seat as he seeks re-election and a full six year term to represent the people of Massachusetts.

It’s not surprising he would find himself in Fitchburg, and not just for the incredible breakfasts and lunch that owner Chris Giannetti has been serving to hungry customers for years.

or the hot chocolate that his daughter enjoyed after a brief interview:

good reasons thought they are.

It was because Fitchburg was one of the key cities that took Brown over the top, shocking pundits nationally and locally with his special election win in January 2010 which was the harbinger of the electoral pounding the left received 10 months. Inspiring GOP challengers such as Jon Golnik running in districts like Ma-3 where once the left once ran unopposed.

His 2010 victory remains a driver as the nation heads for the polls in 2012.

Gail Huff, wife of Senator Scott Brown greets a voter

It’s not an easy road. Incumbency is one of the few advantages Senator Brown brings to the race in 2012, this time around. Massachusetts remains a deep blue state (+25 registration advantage for democrats), instead of a special election with only his race to be decided he faces democrats above and below his spot on the ticket all trying to drive the faithful to the polls and finally he faces in Elizabeth Warren a person with a national following and reputation and millions of dollars to back her from some of the biggest donors the Democrat party has.

GOP candidate for Ma-3 Jon Golnik greets voters in Fitchburg before the Arrival of Senator Brown

These are tough hills to climb for Senator Brown and a source of comfort for Elizabeth Warren

But alas for Professor Warren, Senator Brown counters with two other advantages she cannot match for all the Hollywood dollars she may have to spend. He comes bearing a record as one of the most moderate Senators in the congress at a time where gridlock is a dirty word and “bi-partisan” is the favorite phrase of the media. He spoke of this in his initial remarks:

It’s very hard to condemn your opponent as an “extremist” when he votes against his own party 40% of the time.

Secondly there is Senator Brown demeanor.

Senator Brown has a well-earned reputation for listening to the voters no matter if they agree with him or no and being there when the voters need him. For years people on the right who wondered how Ted Kennedy kept his seat never taking into account his legendary reputation for constituent services. It is no accident that after being elected Senator Brown retained a fair amount of that Kennedy staff and shares that same reputation for listening to and taking care of the voters who sent him to Washington.

Senator Brown with a family at Moran Square Diner

This is why every poll of voters in the state during this race shows him drawing Democrats in numbers that no Republican in the country could ever dream of and why Fitchburg a city where, as Counselor at large Marcus DiNatale notes, Democrats have a 35 point registration advantage can be one of the cornerstones of Senator Brown’s re-election plans.

National Democrats considered this race their linchpin to retain the US senate in 2012, But as the latest polls and Senator Brown’s dogged campaign shows millions of dollars from the biggest elite donors from around the country will be hard pressed to counter a hand shaken in person and an ear willing to listen to a voter, any voter no matter what the party affiliation.

Democrats were shocked at Scott Brown taking “the Kennedy Seat” but as Senator Brown finished his meal in the booth once graced by his illustrious predecessor the left’s shock in 2010 is slowing becoming their resignation of 2012.

Today we have a special Bonus commentary where I go through the choices on my ballot and tell you who I will be voting for and why.

As you might guess there are not a lot of surprises here but if you want to know the reasoning behind it here is your chance.

Twenty days ago I took a look at a poll from WBUR on the Brown Warren race.It showed Warren up 5 pts but was the first poll I’d seen anywhere that matched registration exactly

A Boston Herald poll showing Brown up +6 came out at the same time. I did a post comparing internals of the polls and found the WBUR poll credible and the Herald poll not.

I’d like to Believe the Herald poll, I really would and I’m aware of a shift of people away from the Democrat party to the ranks of the Unenrolled but without solid data to back it up I have to believe the WBUR poll over the Herald one

When the next WBUR poll Oct 1st matched demographics again I complemented them on twitter.

it got some push back for a friend of mine.

My thought has always been I want accurate polls because otherwise you can’t fix what is wrong with your campaign.

Well the latest WBUR poll is out and for the third time in a row their demographics match registration EXACTLY, it’s quite an achievement these days

This time however the results are totally different:

It appears that Scott Brown last debate combined with different Tactics have shifted this race dramatically, much better than ignoring the results or dismissing them.

And to those who would pooh pooh my pushing of this poll, I didn’t hear you complaining when it showed Warren up.

Be afraid leftists, be very afraid.

I was able to Briefly speak to Senator Brown after an event at the Leominser Elks Club before the Johnny Appleseed festival in Leominster:

One of the things you simply have to love about Scott Brown is he’s so NORMAL. Consider the end of his answer to my question on his appeal:

“Last time I got votes from the Democratic party the independent party the republican party and quite frankly people who just like to party”

Can you imagine, Elizabeth Warren saying this? Can you imagine her even thinking this. She would be Dean Wormer making deals with the Mafia guy. Even worse she would be Neidermeyer.

The left is going to spend a lot of money in the Massachusetts Senate Race, they are going to say a lot of stuff and they are going to be very desperate in the end (Mika from Morning Joe not withstanding) but they simply can’t beat Scott Brown with a candidate like Elizabeth Warren.

And that’s not even touching on the Law License business

Update: I guess Sen Brown has this guys’ vote tied down:

For those too humorless to get it, listen to Senator Brown’s answers, he takes his job seriously as he should but he also doesn’t take himself seriously which he shouldn’t, that is the ticket to detachment not only from reality but from the people you represent.

In a sane and normal world this video would not make a single bit of difference in the Senate Election in Massachusetts:

However the odds of this not going viral is the same as Lindsay Lohan & Amanda Bynes deciding to become Amish so it is going to have to be dealt with. So here is my advice to the Brown campaign:

Best choice: Put out a statement saying something along the lines of this:

Although I agree with the sentiments concerning the NY Yankees this behavior is not acceptable, I condemn it and ask my supporters to conduct themselves with decorum. We are a campaign that believes in doing the right thing

At the same time I would ask the Elizabeth campaign to also do the right thing and release the info concerning her hiring. Professor Warren has claimed she did not use her “native American” to get these positions. The right thing would be to release this information and let the public see for themselves.

Acceptable choice:

I would like to come out and officially say I do not agree with or condone the actions of those chanting at this event. We expect all of our supporters to carry themselves properly and will not tolerate actions to the contrary.

Get a statement out before noon so it plays at once, this needs to be an old story by the time 5 p.m. comes around. After the statement is made, don’t go there again, if the media presses use the first statement to bring up Warren’s lack of transparency & contrast it to you “doing the right thing”

Above all let the Warren Campaign and the MSM overplay it.

Do not: Downplay or Ignore, Why, because the media will not ignore this and will run with it as long as you ignore it (and beyond).

There is a smart and foolish response for the Warren Campaign too, but as she’s not paying me and I’m on the other side so I’ll let her figure that our herself, my guess she will play it dead wrong.

Some things are just so funny and so incredibly wrong that they need to be seen to be believed

If you are having trouble making out the Bumper Sticker on the right here is another version of it with the same words:

What would William Jacobson of Legal Insurrection have given to be in my passenger seat when this picture was taken? I would have preferred it as well since it would have been a lot safer than snapping the photo while driving on Route 2 to Boston while laughing hysterically.

Today on DaTechguy on DaRadio we will be talking Former Obama Administration Official Elizabeth Warren in hour 1. and Inviting you to answer the question:

“Do you consider Elizabeth Warren an ethnic Minority deserving affirmative action protection?”

And to our friend on the left who are so scared of the question we will inquire as to why they are.

After 10;30 we will be talking with Matthew Boyle of the Daily Caller on this subject.

In the Second Hour will will bring in Sarah Rumph to talk about the Sean Bielat Campaign in Ma 4 and some new polling that suggest that Joe Kennedy will have a rough time of it.

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You know how everybody keeps thinking the Rush Limbaugh, Sandra Fluke business is has totally turned Obama’s anti-religious mandate into a winning issue for Democrats:

I know the pundits think this is a terrific issue for Democrats. They hope we keep talking about forcing Catholics to pay for birth control and “day-after” pills ’til November.

But do you know who doesn’t?

Democrats who actually need Catholics to vote for them in November. People like Elizabeth Warren.

What? Do you mean to say in the bluest of blue states Elizabeth Warren, darling of the left is not finding this a winning issue? Could this actually be?

Democratic consultant Dan Payne agrees: “Recently, issues that have been raised — whether to provide contraception as part of the health care reform and whether women should serve in the front lines of combat — have been on Brown’s turf,” Payne told the Globe.

I guess this explains why we haven’t seen Former Obama Administration Official Elizabeth Warren the intellectual force behind the occupy movement on front of this issue.